[ skan-tee ]
/ ˈskæn ti /

adjective, scant·i·er, scant·i·est.

scant in amount, quantity, etc.; barely sufficient.
meager; not adequate.
lacking amplitude in extent or compass.

noun, plural scant·ies.

scanties, very brief underpants, especially for women.

Origin of scanty

1650–60; scant + -y1; (def 4) blend of scanty and panties


1, 2 Scanty, meager, sparse refer to insufficiency or deficiency in quantity, number, etc. Scanty denotes smallness or insufficiency of quantity, number, supply, etc.: a scanty supply of food. Meager indicates that something is poor, stinted, or inadequate: meager fare; a meager income. Sparse applies particularly to that which grows thinly or is thinly strewn or sown, often over a wide area: sparse vegetation; a sparse population.


scant·i·ly, adverbscant·i·ness, nounun·scant·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for scanty

/ (ˈskæntɪ) /

adjective scantier or scantiest

limited; barely enough; meagre
insufficient; inadequate
lacking fullness; small

Derived forms of scanty

scantily, adverbscantiness, noun
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